• Rare 1989 911 Club Sport 
  • Superb early 356A Coupe
  • Spectacular and rare 2005 Porsche 911 Turbo S

It will be a Porsche shopping frenzy at Shannons Summer Timed Online Auction from February 22 – March 1, with nine examples of the famous German sports car spanning nearly 60 years from 1956 to 2005 on offer.

The standout vehicle is a very rare and now highly-collectible UK-delivered 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Club Sport – one of just 340 examples produced with the option code M637 and one of just 53 factory right hand drive models built for the UK market – making it much rarer than the iconic 1973 RS 2.7 of which 1,580 were produced.

Introduced in 1988 for the 1989 model year, the CS was a limited production model that sat alongside regular 911 Carrera 3.2 Coupes and Cabriolets.

In contrast to the increasingly luxurious and heavier 911s, the CS was a bare bones model with no rear seats, no rear wiper, little sound-deadening and no power-assisted options, with even the rear engine cover 'Carrera' badge deleted to pare its kerb weight down 70kg to 1,160kg.

Exclusive performance enhancements included a blueprinted engine, sodium-filled exhaust valves, modified DME programming to allow a slightly higher redline of 6840rpm, harder Durometer rubber engine mounts, a 40 per cent lockup limited-slip differential, a shorter-throw manual gearchange for its Getrag five-speed gearbox, larger diameter 22/21mm front and rear sway bars and stiffer Bilstein gas shock absorbers, front and rear Sport Equipment spoilers and one-inch-wider 7 x 15-inch front and 15 x 8 inch rear forged Fuchs wheels for improved handling.

While Porsche did not claim any extra performance, most Club Sport models had engine outputs from 240 to 245 horsepower – about 9 to 14 HP more than the standard Carrera 3.2 – while the reduced weight allowed quicker acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds and a top speed increased to 248 km/h.

In an article published in 2003, English Autocar magazine compared four 911s - a 1973 2.7 RS, a 1988 CS, a 993 RS and a 996 GT3 - and described the CS as "Undoubtedly the most underrated 911 of all; a visceral experience every car nut should sample".

With its immense International collector appeal, indicated low (92,219 miles) mileage, the well-maintained example being auctioned in outstanding survivor condition is expected to sell in the $320,000-$360,000 range.

Equally desirable for early Porsche enthusiasts is a 1956 356A 1600 Coupe with great Australian delivery and competition provenance that was the subject of a thorough ground-up restoration beginning in 2008.

 Delivered new in Sydney by Diesel Motors to motorsport enthusiast Ken Tucker, the 356 competed in the Northern Hill Climb Championship at Inverell 1957 and in the Waterfall Hill Climb and the 7000-mile Ampol Trial in 1958, in which it finished 12th in the 1500-3000cc class.

After changing hands in 1980, it  was stored unused and partially disassembled in a weatherproof barn until about 2008, when its fully-documented restoration began.

Refinished in its original Polyantha Rot with Beige leather trim, the 356 with its enlarged and more powerful 1716cc engine and wide-rimmed steel wheels, is factory correct in all other important details and presents very well.

Exuding history, this significant surviving Australian-delivered early 356is expected to sell for $200,000-$240,000, making it very attractive at a time when other early 356s have changed hands in Australia for more than $1 million.

Another very collectible Porsche in the auction is a highly-optioned Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe – a rare, one-year-only fastest iteration of the first water-cooled 911 (Type 996) model of which just 1500 Turbo models were built in 2005.

Powered by a 420 HP twin turbo version of the 996's new 3.6 litre 24-valve engine, driving all four wheels via a six-speed gearbox, the Turbo S was the one of the world's fastest production road car, capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 3.9 seconds and with a top speed of 317km/h.  

Presented in superb condition in desirable Slate Grey metallic, with a black full leather interior and carbon-fibre interior highlights, this factory right hand drive 996 Turbo S coupe is expected to sell in the $165,000-$180,000 range, making it exceptional value in today's rapidly-appreciation classic Porsche Turbo world.

Sought-after convertible 911s in the auction include a low-kilometre, Australian-delivered (Type 996) Ocean Blue Metallic 1999 Carrera 4 Tiptronic Convertible with a removable factory hard top offered with 'no reserve' and expected to sell in the $45,000-$55,000 range and a now-collectible, unrestored and UK-delivered black-on-black 1984 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet in good overall condition that is expected to bring $80,000-$100,000. 

Enthusiasts of front-engined Porsches are well-catered for too, with a beautifully-presented, black-on-black, two-owner Australian-delivered 1995, 968 Manual Coupe with a sunroof and extensive Porsche factory and specialist service history ($40,000-$50,000); two V8-engined Porsche 928s –a stunning and low kilometre, concours-level restored 1995 GTS Automatic Coupe with rare factory options ($140,000-$150,000) and a low-kilometre, beautifully-presented and Australian-delivered 1987 928 S4 Automatic Coupe ($50,000-$60,000).

Meanwhile, for early front-engined Porsche enthusiasts there is a nicely presented, Guards Red 1982 model 924 Turbo Manual Coupe ($30,000-$40,000).

To view all auction lots, visit www.shannons.com.au To talk to a Shannons Auction Team member directly, call the 1300 078 500.